Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Oshawa, Ontario
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When to shift gears
I just bought my first bike last fall - a 2009 Suzuki C50SE. I love the bike, but I'm still having problems figuring out what gear I should be in and at what speed. The manual suggests:
1st - 2nd @ 20 kph (12 mph),
2nd - 3rd @ 30 kph (19 mph),
3rd - 4th @ 40 kph (25 mph), and
4th - 5th @ 50 kph (31 mph).
I've tried this, and the motor seems to labour because I'm in too high a gear at too low a speed. But the bike is happy cruising around the town in 3rd when the manual says I should be in 5th.
I don't want to overwork the motor for being in too low a gear at too high a speed, but without a tach I can't tell what the engine is doing.
Any suggestions or opinions would be welcome.